On Tuesday, Sept. 7 and Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 7 o.m. auditions will be held for the Laramie Project in The Barn.
How do we respond to senseless acts of violence and bigotry within our community? That is among the questions to be explored when The Theatre Progran at HWS teams up with the Geneva Theatre Guild for a joint production of The Laramie Project this fall. The Laramie Project, which will be directed by Professor of Education Pat Collins, will be performed at the black box theatre in The Geneva Community Center on the first two weekends of November (Nov. 5-7 and 11-13).
The Laramie Project is a compelling docudrama, originally created by Moises Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theatre Project, based on interviews with the residents of Laramie, Wyoming in the aftermath of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay student at the University of Wyoming. The play chronicles the ways in which the residents of Laramie struggled to come to terms with Shepard’s murder. In broad terms the play explores a community, not unlike Geneva (small college town in a relatively rural setting), dealing with some very real tensions within the community: homophobia, discrimination, intolerance, hate crimes and bullying. Ultimately The Laramie Project forces us to think about our own response to bigotry within our own community and it challenges us to consider how we might prevent similar acts of violence in the future.
The Laramie Project is an ensemble piece with parts for eight women and eight men who will portray more than 70 characters. As a joint production between the Geneva Theater Group and Hobart and William Smith, approximately half of the cast (four men and four women) will be community members and the other half of the cast will be HWS students. All HWS students and all members of the local community 18 years of age and older are welcomed to audition. No previous experience is necessary to audition. Auditioners should dress comfortably and come prepared to move and to do cold readings of monologues from the play. Copies of The Laramie Project are on reserve at the Geneva Free Library or may be purchased at The College Store at HWS for those who have not read or seen the play.